The Philadelphia Experiment (2012)

The Philadelphia Experiment (2012)

Paul Ziller

A science fiction film that follows two naval officers who find themselves transported to the future after a military experiment goes wrong, forcing them to navigate the unfamiliar present day while unraveling the consequences of the experiment and attempting to save the fabric of reality.

The Philadelphia Experiment is a science fiction film released in 2012, loosely based on the urban legend of the same name. The movie follows the story of two young naval officers, David Herdeg (played by Nicholas Lea) and Jim Parker (played by Ryan Robbins), who become unwitting participants in a top-secret military experiment conducted during World War II.

The experiment, known as the Philadelphia Experiment, aims to render the USS Eldridge, a naval destroyer escort, invisible to radar and teleport it from Philadelphia to Norfolk. However, the experiment goes awry, causing unforeseen consequences. As the Eldridge disappears, David and Jim find themselves transported into the future, specifically to the year 2012.

Confused and disoriented, the two men navigate the unfamiliar and advanced world of the present day, desperately trying to understand what has happened and find a way back to their own time. Along the way, they encounter a brilliant scientist named Dr. James Longstreet (played by Malcolm McDowell), who reveals the truth about the experiment and offers his help in returning them home.

As David and Jim uncover the full extent of the experiment's impact, they learn that it not only caused their displacement in time but also triggered a series of catastrophic events that threaten the fabric of reality itself. To prevent a global disaster, they must find a way to reverse the experiment's effects and restore the timeline.

With the help of Dr. Longstreet and a small group of allies, David and Jim embark on a race against time, facing various obstacles and adversaries along the way. They must confront the shadowy organization responsible for the experiment and overcome their own personal challenges to save the past, present, and future.

The Philadelphia Experiment blends elements of time travel, conspiracy, and action, offering an entertaining and suspenseful storyline. While the film takes inspiration from the urban legend, it incorporates its own twists and narrative developments, creating a unique interpretation of the infamous Philadelphia Experiment.

July 28, 2012
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Paul Ziller
Andy Briggs & David Sanderson
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United States